Munitions detonated in Lemon Creek

Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2008

JUNEAU - Juneau police and other officials detonated World War II munitions at about 5 p.m. Wednesday in Lemon Creek.

A loud boom could be heard by residents in the area.

The military munitions were found in a residence in the 900 block of Calhoun Avenue on Tuesday, police said. They were found by a resident who was looking through a deceased family member's personal belongings.

The explosives consisted of two hand grenades and two mortar shells. They were placed in a box, removed from the house and kept secure throughout the night, police said.

Members of the Fort Richardson Explosive Ordinance Team arrived in Juneau on Wednesday morning. The munitions were taken to a remote location in the Lemon Creek valley and rendered safe with a counter charge that destroyed the actual munitions, police said.

The residence was searched and no other munitions were found.

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